Gyeongju Bread

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Pastries…Some love them, well, actually almost everyone loves them, but some people do their best to stay away, and not without any good reason of course. But as some pastries taste better than the others, there are also some that are healthier. Gyeongju bread can certainly be named among them. So, if you happen to go to South Korea one day and visit the city of Gyeongju, here is something you have to try!

Gyeongju bread is a local specialty of the city of Gyeongju, South Korea. I know Seoul is the city that is on the radar of most of the people who want to go to Korea, but Gyeongju is a beautiful coastal town with lots of interesting history, so keep that in mind!

Basically, Gyeongju bread is made of of eggs, wheat flour and red bean filling, the key ingredient. It actually makes up almost 70% of the pastry. No surprise there, as it is a very popular ingredient, used in a lot of Korean desserts. As you will be able to see in the pictures, a chrysanthemum is traditionally printed on the top of the pastry.

It is also commonly called Hwangnam bread, a name given after the province of its origin, Hwangnam-dong.  It was first baked in 1939. It is a very popular pastry in Korea, and the Korean government has designated it as an “outstanding regional specialty” (지역명품).

Main Ingredients: Red bean paste, flour, eggs.

Gyeongju Bread Gallery

Gyeongju Bread Recipes

I was able to find one recipe on the Internet. You can check it out using this link:

ifood.tv(with video)

I cannot say how authentic that is, as this pastry certainly seems to be something you should try at it’s original place.

Photo Credits:

본가경주빵-경주시 인왕동 by Jinho Jung CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Traditional bread of Gyeongju by Pachinee Buathong CC BY-SA 2.0

GyeongJu bread by Eco Dalla Luna CC BY-SA 2.0

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